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Photography: An Independant Art

Haworth-Booth, Mark

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ISBN 10: 0691017425 / ISBN 13: 9780691017426
Editorial: Princeton University Press, United States, 1997
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Collection of Art Photography and related text. Photographs from the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1839-1996. N° de ref. de la librería 000706

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Título: Photography: An Independant Art

Editorial: Princeton University Press, United States

Año de publicación: 1997

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:New

Condición de la sobrecubierta: New Jacket

Edición: First Edition

Tipo de libro: Collection/History

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has one of the finest and oldest collections of photography in the world. In this fascinating book, Mark Haworth-Booth, Curator of Photographs at the V&A, offers the first comprehensive introduction to this extensive and impressive collection. In the process, he provides the reader with a general history of photography from its beginnings as a scientific curiosity, through its international commercialization, to its coming of age as an art form in its own right.

Because of the V&A's uniquely long collecting history--dating back to 1856--many different epochs of photography's shifting identity can clearly be seen in this book. Reminding us that photography was not always viewed as a serious artistic medium, Haworth-Booth explores the changes and shifts in the perception of photography that have occurred over the years. In the 1850s, photography was a new and malleable medium that could result in anything from fine art to a commercial fortune. In the 1860s, photography became an industry practiced worldwide, but its new commercial status inspired creative radicals like Julia Margaret Cameron to emphasize its artistic potential instead. By the 1930s, photography became the dominant medium for mass communication, as a result of illustrated magazines. Photography returned as a fashionable medium for fine art in the 1960s--the same year television superseded magazines as the primary disseminator of information.

The V&A's Victorian holdings are outstanding, with major photographs by Roger Fenton, David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Gustave Le Gray, Camille Silvy, and Lady Hawarden. In recent years, the museum has acquired significant works by such twentieth-century master photographers as Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Martin, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, and Cecil Beaton. A number of these photographs are published here for the first time.

About the Author:

Mark Haworth-Booth, Curator of Photographs at the V&A, has worked closely with many of the great photographers of modern times. His insight and experience illuminates the subject for students and all those interested in the art and techniques of photography. His many published works include Early Photographic Processes (with Brian Coe, 1983), The Golden Age of British Photography, 1839-1900 (1984), Bill Brandt, Behind the Camera (1986), Photography Now (1989) and Camille Silvy's 'River Scene, France', (1992).

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We are a fine art photography gallery, exhibiting international photographers that define documentary photography. We also maintain a large inventory of out-of-print and new photography books.

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